To everyone out there, please do not ignore signs of problems with your eyes. About 2 weeks ago, I suddenly noticed some unusually large floaters in one of my eyes, and some light flashes when looking certain directions. When it didn't clear up in a couple of days, I decided to get it checked out. My first scare was when the doctor I called for an appointment, whom I have never seen before, insisted I come in immediately so he could work me in. He didn't find anything definitive, but wanted me to see a specialist 3 days later. The specialist saw what might be evidence of a retina tear, but nothing definitive. When I went back 2 days later for a minor procedure to fix what we thought would be a simple tear repair, turned significantly more serious. It turned out my retina was splitting in half, and the damage had doubled in size. 3 hours later, I was in the OR having major eye surgery. Right now, I have to lay on my left side for 2 weeks while the repairs heal, and have lost some peripheral vision permanently. Hopefully I'll regain most of my eyesight in the injured eye. I'm lucky; I decided to check out the warning signs and significantly limited the damage that could have occurred. I'm hoping to be back up riding in about a month, and the surgeon feels there should be nothing to keep me from riding. Please, listen to the warning signs.